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Full Title: Greimas Today: the Future of Structure - French Association of Semiotics Conference

Short Title: AFS 2017
Location: Paris, France
Start Date: 30-May-2017 - 02-Jun-2017
Contact: Marine Maréchal
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Meeting Description: Greimas Today: the Future of Structure
Semiotics, languages and society
International Conference in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of A. J. Greimas (1917-1992)

The French Association of Semiotics Conference will take place from 30 May to 2 June 2017 under the patronage of UNESCO, at their facilities in Paris. The conference will celebrate the centenary of the birth of A.J. Greimas, one of the important anniversaries this great institution lists for 2017.

The academic focus of this congress is naturally set in the context of Greimas’s work, often called “Greimassian”, given his role as the founder of structural semiotics. Besides honouring a body of work highly representative of structuralism whose influence is still considerable, participants will probe its foundations, show where its proposals fit into the more general context of the sciences of language and meaning, and consider how Greimas’s work has endured and continues to inspire research and creativity today. From an epistemological viewpoint, let us enquire into the relevance of “structuralism” as it was initially, evaluate its transformations and its potential, and envision the “reach” of semiotics into the world and its discourses, both into those fields in the humanities that deal with discourse, and into the social realities that fashion discourses and set them in a perspective, whether dramatic or ordinary.

The conference is structured around four main themes, each of which is concerned with a particular issue of Greimas’s work and its current developments. Each theme combines theoretical investigation with the study of objects and areas of analysis which, in turn, stimulate the search for models: practices of everyday life, art, literature, philosophical discourse, media, political discourse, architecture and urban planning, life sciences, and mathematics.

The general objective of the conference is to examine the theoretical legacy of structuralism (French and international), to give the brilliance of Greimas’s work the acknowledgement it deserves, and especially to stimulate new lines of inquiry through critical reflection on past achievements.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics; Semantics
LL Issue: 27.3860

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